Eris Gleeson has been named Young's Citizen of the Year at the 2021 Australia Day ceremony at Town Hall.
Mr Gleeson is a founding member of the Hilltops Suicide Prevention Network and Young's Margaret House, providing crisis and emergency accommodation to women, men and children.
He's been involved in a number of community groups including Young Theatre Company Inc, Young Neighbourhood Centre now the Hilltops Community Hub, Mercy Care Centre Young, Hennessy Parents and Friends committee, St Mary's Pastoral Council, and Young Yabbies Rugby Union Football Club.
Mr Gleeson said Young is a "wonderful community".
"We are so fortunate that there are so many community groups and so many individuals who frequently with no fanfare at all provide the connectedness and the support that make it such a wonderful community," Mr Gleeson said.
Joint-winners of Young's Junior Citizen of the Year went to Harry Cleverdon and Justin Garlick.
Harry in 2020 won an international People's Choice songwriting competition with his song 'Hit Me While I'm Down'.
He's a finalist in Australia's songwriting association awards and recently released his new album 'Octothorpe' which complements his debut EP 'From My Side of The Stage'.
Justin is an active participant in and outside Young's Hennessy Catholic College, participating in a number of extracurricular events.
He's a member of Young's SES and is an active member of the Young Cadets.
Business of the Year went to Ballinaclash Fruit and Wine in recognition of a number of wine wins over the past 12 months.
Thirteen members of the Hilltops community became Australia citizens at the ceremony.
More to come.
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